Managing Swedish aid: experiences from a reform agenda

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Date: February 14, 2023
Date: February 14, 2023
Time: 10:00
Start date: February 14, 2023
Event summary: EBA and SweDev organise a seminar on the management of aid.

Note that is seminar is in Swedish.

The seminar is co-organized by SweDev (Swedish Development Research Network) and the Expert Group for Aid Studies.

Effective political management of authorities requires a close interaction with the administration’s officials. A functioning “management contract” requires that politicians act with confidence in the administration. It also requires that the administration is sensitive to how, sometimes vaguely expressed, political wishes can be put into practice. Whoever wants to carry out major political reforms puts this interplay to the test. What happens if the management contract between politicians and civil servants is broken?

Using the Alliance government’s aid policy “results agenda” 2007–2013 as an example, political scientist Göran Sundström analyzes what happens to governance if central conditions are not met.


Kulturhuset (Sergels torg). Lokal Foajé 3, vån. 3.


Göran Sundström, Professor of Political Science, Stockholm University

Gunilla Carlsson, Sweden’s minister for development aid 2006–2013, former deputy party chairman in the Moderates

Martin H. Johansson, Principal Secretary Huvudmannaskapsutredningen, formerly the State Office


Anders Mellbourn, former head of Utrikespolitiska institutet, former editor-in-chief Dagens Nyheter